Portsmouth Naval Shipyard gets energy efficiency honor

October 14, 2011

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, was honored this week by the secretary of the U.S. Navy with an award that recognized the energy-efficiency efforts of the organization, according to the Portsmouth Herald.

The news source reported that the shipyard received the Navy Energy and Water Management Award, one of only seven awards of this nature that was granted by the military body.

"It's a major part of our infrastructure plan," Captain Bryant Fuller, commander of the shipyard, told the Herald. "We've been working really hard on it. Every time we take on a project, we ask how we can reduce energy costs and become more sustainable."

Foster's Daily Democrat reported that the Portsmouth Shipyard has utilized the Energy Savings Performance Contracts that are linked to federal funding to make the improvements.

This federal funding for the shipyard is part of a nationwide effort to reduce the total energy consumption for buildings. The Department of Energy has designated the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings project (GPIC), located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, as the living laboratory for the design and devlopment of energy efficient buildings and the associated technology.